Sad news was brought to us today with the death of Sir Christopher Lee. The British actor passed away at the age of 93 on June 7th. The decision was made by his wife of fifty years to hold off the announcement of his death to the press, so she could inform his family first.
We will fondly remember him as our favourite childhood villain. Lee expertly portrayed the roles of Saruman in Lord of the Rings, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel series, and Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. He was a dedicated and talented actor (and also the only member of the Lord Of The Rings Cast to have met J. R. R. Tolkien) and his death can only be described as a tragic loss.
However, since Christopher Lee was a bada$$, we thought it would be inappropriate to just write a sappy post in his honour, without acknowledging the awesome stuff he did. So without further ado, here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about Christopher Lee.
1. He was a classically trained singer. He recorded a heavy metal album and a Christmas album.
2. Not only did he play a Bond villain, but he was also technically a secret agent for the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare."
3. He was a polyglot, he spoke English, Italian, French German and Spanish fluently and a little Swedish, Russian, and Greek.
4. In WWII his job was to hunt Nazis.
5. He was 6 ft. 5 in, the Guinness World Record Holder for tallest leading actor.
6. He was a decedent of royalty, his mother was an Italian countess.
7. He did all his own stunts, and once smashed up his face by jumping through a plate of glass, and permanently injured his hand partaking in sword combat with a drunk colleague.
8. He was quoted saying ""One should try anything he can in his career, except folkdance and incest."
9. When he was alive, he was in more films than any living actor, acting in movies every single year from 1948 - 2014, excluding 1955 and 2006.
10. Finally, he received life time achievement awards from SFX Magazine, Empire Magazine, Italy's Fantafestival, Portugal's Festroia International Film Festival, the Evening Standard British Film Awards and the Seattle Film Critics Awards. He was also knighted and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.